To J. A. Hadfield

Dear Dr. Hadfield, 4 November 1935

You know perhaps that I am president of the Internationale Aerztliche Gesellschaft ftir Psychotherapie.

This is an organization of medical psychotherapists which originally included German, Austrian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Swiss members.

Through the revolution in Germany this original organization has been blown up.

Since then I have done my best to stitch that organization together again.

But it is an almost hopeless attempt to organize an international society in an atmosphere poisoned by all sorts of political and racial prejudices.

The actual persecution of the Jews in Germany is causing so much hatred that it is almost impossible for the smaller countries to keep their organization together because we are far outnumbered by the Germans.

We are therefore considering the possibility of a closer contact with an Anglo-Saxon organization.

A proposition has been made to try the Society for Mental Hygiene.

Now I must confess that I know

very little of this Society and I should therefore be much obliged if you could frankly tell me what you think of it, or whether you could make any other suggestion.

I assume that it would also be of a certain advantage to an Anglo-Saxon Society to have the collaboration of continental physicians.

I would be very much obliged if you would tell me whether any other medical society existing in England would be accessible to the proposition of a closer connection with the continental
groups.

Our purpose would be to create a really international organization of psychotherapists in which Germany wouldn’t play a predominating role any more.

I should be very grateful to you for any suggestion and advice you can give me in that matter.

Sincerely yours,

C.G. Jung, ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Pages 202-203